To work more than usual, to extraordinary work (mentally or physical) until you get tired


  • In the late 16th century, this French expression entered into English. Originally, if you took a candle and burned it at both ends, it would be melted faster than usual. Therefore, this expression is used for those who work hard day and night until they get exhausted.

Mr. Walter works as a salesman in a shop during the day and as a waiter in a restaurant at night. He is burning the candle at both ends.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

Additional definitions for 'Burn the Candle at Both Ends':

burn the candle at both endsTo work hard night and day.
burn the candle at both endsTo waste something in two directions at once.
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